As one of the benefits of being under my mother's new insurance, I can get reimubursed at 80% for silver ring splints.
So I've begun buying those, beginning with the EDS splints for my knuckles which have been in terrible pain, especially when the weather turns cold and rainy. The pointer finger on my right hand has been throbbing so bad, I expect to look down and see that it's three times its normal size. I can't wait to put an EDS splint on that bad boy.
One of the things Dr. Francomano told me to do when I saw her last summer was splint my fingers, but I decided to blow that off. Definitely not a mistake I'll make again. By my calculations, I'll need seven splints. After insurance, I'll end up paying $250 total. Not bad at all.
In general, my autonomic dysfunction has always far exceeded the severity of my joint complications, but my joints are making it clear that they want to join the party.
On the autonomic side, my stomach hasn't been working correctly. Every time I try to eat a whole meal it results in hours of nausea and sometimes vomiting and the rest of the time I have no appetite. I've been getting the bulk of my calories from Starbucks coffee. I've tried every OTC product I can think of. It's definitely not constipation, if only because I know nothing is down there. I can't run on caffeine and desperation forever, so I hope my body will hold out until my next appointment. I don't know if it's gastroparesis, that scourge of many an EDSer, but I certainly hope not.
That's what's on my EDS menu for the month of October, in the middle of my favorite season, fall.
This is the view from my bedroom window. A few scattered autumn leaves under a crisp blue sky. As a girl, fall meant new clothes, new shoes, new school supplies and seeing all my old friends. I could look forward to my birthday and my favorite holiday, Halloween.
Nowadays, I just like the coolness and the smell of the air, the shock of orange and red leaves against the sky, the subtle shift of the constellations edging toward winter. Nothing can ruin October.